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April 10, 2012, 3:05 PM

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Paul Ford / New York Magazine:
Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out  —  Facebook, a company with a potential market cap worth five or six moon landings, is spending one of its many billions of dollars to buy Instagram, a tiny company dedicated to helping Thai beauty queens share photos of their fingernails.
Andy Baio / Wired:
Instagram's Buyout: No Bubble to See Here  —  Instagram's billion-dollar sale to Facebook raised eyebrows Monday, renewing fears of a new tech bubble.  But compared to other major acquisitions since the dot-com bust, turns out it's a pretty sane deal.  —  To put the acquisition in perspective …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
A million Instagram Android app downloads in a day isn't cool.  You know what's cool? 5 million in 6 days.  —  Instagram is enjoying the biggest week in its existence.  The company, already riding high on its iOS success, launched its Android app and captured 1 million downloads …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said (Memo Time!)  —  Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson just sent this note to Yahoo employees, about a new organization for the company.  —  “It's time for Yahoo! to move forward, and fast,” wrote Thompson (using punctuation I really, with nice comma deployment).
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser  —  It's hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google's browser-centric operating system, really is.  There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative.  Today, Google launched …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft  —  The nation's major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones—part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts nationwide.  —  The database, which the wireless companies …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here's How They Compromised On Revenue Share  —  Amazon is taking the wraps off a new in-app purchasing service today in an effort to make its app store competitive with what Apple and Google offer developers.  That should let developers …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Availability of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pros constrained ahead of redesigned models  —  Multiple authorized resellers this week are reflecting stock outs of 15-inch MacBook Pros, suggesting that Apple is ramping down production of existing models before introducing redesigned offerings …
Electronista:
Nokia Lumia 900 hit by bug that disables data  —  Nokia Lumia 900 launch marred by data bug  —  Nokia's Lumia 900 launch has been partly soured by a bug encountered by early adopters.  Both an AT&T source for Phone Arena, as well as buyers on Nokia's forums and those at WPCentral …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Appear as Opening Speaker at the D10 Conference  —  Walt Mossberg and I could not be more thrilled to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be the opening-night speaker at our 10th D: All Things Digital conference.  —  It will be Cook's first appearance at D …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
iTunes: Time to right the syncing ship  —  When Apple introduced iTunes in 2001, it served one purpose: As a music jukebox app.  Later that year, it added its most important feature: The ability to sync tracks with the just-introduced iPod.  Originally, you could just drag tracks onto …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Market Cap Hits $600 Billion  —  Another market cap milestone for Apple.  —  With the broader market in decline, shares in the company rose to a new 52-week high this morning: $644.  And that jump was enough to carry Apple's market cap across the $600 billion threshold.
CNET:
Why Microsoft spent $1 billion on AOL's patents  —  Microsoft dropped an eye-popping $1 billion on 800 AOL patents today, an astonishing amount likely spent to keep the intellectual property trove away from rival Google.  —  But according to a source close to the situation, Google didn't even bid on the portfolio.
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigns  —  Summary: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned this morning.  Director G. Mike Mikan will serve in the interim.  —  Brian Dunn, chief executive of tech big box retailer Best Buy, resigned this morning.  —  “There were no disagreements between Mr. Dunn …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Toshiba introduces 13.3-inch Android 4.0 tablet, new Excite range  —  Toshiba announced its back-to-school tablet lineup today, adding three models to its Excite brand.  The first one you'll notice is the Excite 13, which you can hardly avoid — its 13.3-inch display is absolutely enormous, nearly twice the size of a 7-inch slate.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
About Pando  —  Some of you may have read Sarah Lacy's post today stating that I'm no longer on the board of Pando Daily.  —  This wasn't a complete surprise to me, the company notified me last week that they weren't happy that I and MG Siegler (my partner at CrunchFund) were going to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt this coming May.

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